- November 29, 2011 11:41 AM
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I had the privilege of serving on two nominating committees for the Gotham awards this year: Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Ensemble. That meant I played a role in narrowing the field down to five contenders in each of those categories, although I didn't know who won until the names were announced at last night's ceremony. I would say it doesn't really matter, that everyone nominated was a winner and equally deserving and should feel like they got a prize just by winding up in those category...but I'm already on the record as a huge fan of "Beginners," Mike Mills' delicate sophomore feature that landed both the ensemble prize and tied for Best Feature with "Tree of Life." Without saying much more, I will say that I'm glad that worked out.
Still, the real performance worth celebrating at this year's Gothams ceremony had nothing to do with any of the nominated films. Patton Oswalt, onstage to introduce his "Young Adult" co-star Charlize Theron for a tribute award, owned the evening.